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29
JUL
2021

Listening to ‘This I Believe’ and Our Students in ESL Classes

However, finding authentic and compelling listening materials may prove challenging for many English teachers.  "This I Believe" remains a favorite resource and speaking skills activity. The eclectic collection of personal reflections encourages active learning too.What are your...
20
JUL
2017

Review: Balancing Fluency and Accuracy Activities in the Classroom

“Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.”  —Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist and 1946 Nobel Prize winner   What’s the difference between speaking English fluently and speaking accurately? Which one takes priority in the classroom?...
20
SEP
2008

Who ranks English language programs and ESL schools?

How would you choose an English language school? What if you lived in Korea, Spain, China, Brazil, Turkey, or Vietnam? What factors would influence your decision? How would you find out the school’s reputation? Who ranks ESL programs? What is their criteria? Hundreds of thousands...
26
DEC
2017

Worksheet: Improve Critical Thinking with Consumer Product Reviews

We live – for worse or for better – in a consumer age. However, consumer product reviews can be valuable educational tools for ESL students. Here's how!
04
APR
2017

Resource Round-up: Easy English Times

Looking to improve your ESL students’ reading comprehension? The Easy English Times remains a fun and enlightening resource for English language learners.
12
JUL
2016
Students in discussion

Teaching Matters: Adding Student Voices to Class Discussions

For various reasons, many ESL students are reluctant to speak up in class. How can we better prepare them for American university class discussions?
29
DEC
2015

Hedging Language & Seeking Clarification in Our Arguments

In argumentative essays, it is crucial to acknowledge both sides of the discussion; a nearly impossible feat without using hedging language. Here's an interactive way to craft more conscientious arguments, and to make sure your audience is listening.
23
AUG
2019

Now Available: Creating Compelling Conversations Activity Sampler

Are you looking for free, fun and communicative activities to try in your English classes this fall? Check out our free activity sampler from Creating Compelling Conversations!
28
JUN
2019

Creating Compelling Conversations Units Now on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Lessons from Creating Compelling Conversations are now available on our TPT store. What compelling conversations will you create with your English students this summer?
11
JUL
2019

Exploring Personal Philosophies with ‘This I Believe’

What are your core beliefs? This classroom activity allows English learners to improve their listening skills while exploring their own personal philosophy.